Topanga

Step back in time as you step into Topanga, a passionately heartfelt neighborhood nestled into Los Angeles' resplendent wilderness.

Homeopaths, naturopaths, and individuals forging their own paths collide in Topanga's canyon. As flower children rally on the roadside and artists sequester themselves in hillside homes, creative endeavors seem to effortlessly spring forth in this distant-from-Downtown neighborhood. Snack on local granola as you hike Topanga's trails and cruise its coastline—just don't expect to experience LA's other kind of wild side unless you have a car.

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On the Map

Topanga is bordered by Tarzana, Woodland Hills/Warner Center, and Malibu

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

LAX Airport: 30 minutes by car or 1 hour & 30 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 20 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 40 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 25 minutes by car
The Grove: 35 minutes by car

Enchanted Seclusion In An All-Natural Neighborhood

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Civil activists and roadside rallies take root in Topanga, an all-natural neighborhood in rural LA.

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Wagon wheels and woodsy escapes rest against the neighborhood's canyon backdrop.

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Residents rest against the backs of simple chairs.

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Dogs rest on their people.

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In Topanga, nature is your neighbor.

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It's your front lawn and your backyard.

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It's at your doorstep.

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In Topanga, nature is your best friend.

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A perfect weekend getaway, worlds removed from the hustle & bustle of L.A, yet reachable within minutes. 15 minutes to Santa Monica or Malibu to the South, or to the North, 15 minutes to Calabasas and Woodland Hills and access to world class shopping and entertainment."

Topanga Canyon's Personal Business

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When it comes to commercialism, Topanga tends not to top the charts.

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Niche businesses that reflect the neighborhood's created-in-seclusion attitude dot Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

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Thrift stores that attract treasure seekers from far-away locales and Balinese furniture warehouses that sell hard-to-find objects comprise Topanga's out-of-the-ordinary shopping options.

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Topanga's restaurants feature live music on the weekends while its patio spaces often host rehearsals, wedding showers, and ceremonies.

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It's hard to find a more ethereal setting for a special day.

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Sometimes, characters seek out Topanga explicitly for its seclusion. In 1950, Will Geer, the actor best known for his portrayal of Grandpa Walton in the TV show, "The Waltons," was blacklisted from Hollywood.

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He left the high-profile spotlight to build a botanical stage in the canyon. Around it, he cultivated a garden that features every flower ever mentioned in Shakespeare's plays.

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There are local restaurants, charming bistros, boutique shopping, country general stores, and our local farmer's market held every Friday morning."

Between the Beach and the Mountains

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Topanga State Park is the largest state park inside a city's limits.

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Just north of Los Angeles, Topanga State Park promises over thirty miles of hillside trails and heavenward views.

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The neighborhood stretches from mountainous clime to rocky coastline.

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In Topanga, you can access easily awe-inspiring biomes.

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The location is idyllic, in the mountains with access to nearby hiking trails, a creek. The world famous Inn of the Seventh Ray is just down the street, with fine dining next to a flowing stream. They have a wonderful Sunday brunch."

Cabins, Shacks, and Canyon Homes

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The canyon's all-natural appeal lives in every garden, shingle, and stone chimney in Topanga.

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In any other neighborhood, Topanga's bold residences might be making a statement.

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In Topanga, they simply fit in with their surroundings.

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They serve as the perfect hideouts for bearded artists and winsome writers.

Canvases In the Canyon

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Creative people nest underneath the rooftops of their canyon homes.

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Topanga's artists aren't reclusive, but they are often seclusive.

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Sometimes, stealing away is the simplest art form.

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Even their refuges encourage expression.

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Be still our beating heart.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Lauren Devon is an editorial and commercial lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. She loves the adventure of her work, as well as the creativity and collaboration that goes with it. With the help of locals, Lauren explored the heart of each community for Airbnb, and discovered neighborhood gems that made each story diverse and fresh.

Lauren Devon

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